Can someone love something TOO much?? John L O V E D the Dala Hat. Loved. It. So much so that he envisioned me cranking these out like a little “Dala Hat factory” for all of his friends!! He convinced me that two particular people were Dala Hat worthy: 1) the guy who keeps winning the Mora Vasaloppet, and 2) a guy who has skied every Mora Vasaloppet that has ever been. Okay. But consider this the world’s biggest favor!! Unfortunately he only mentioned the one hat prior to me going to my LYS for yarn, which meant a second trip.
The yarn I used for John’s hat (Arbor) was not only very expensive ($13.25/skein) but also not washable. I just couldn’t see sending a poor little hat out into the wild that could not survive improper care. So, I used Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK (colors Kiss, Navy, and Flint for hat #1, and Clay for hat #2). I really struggled choosing between the Flint (gray) and the Clay (tan) my first go-around at the shop. So I ended up making one of each, and preferred the clay. John’s hat used a clay color, but lighter.
Superwash just doesn’t block as well as regular wool, but wearing a hat stretches out the knitting irregularities so they should look okay when worn. That’s what I did this weekend instead of going to the Birkie! The race was cancelled, but John drove up with a buddy for the festivities and to hunt for snow farther north.